Google unveils mobile payments – Paypal unveils lawsuit:
Google revealed both Google Wallet, which is a contactless mobile payment system which stores your credit card information, loyalty rewards and purchase points, and the linked Google Offers, which is a social commerce deals platform similar to the existing Groupon.
Google Wallet utilises Near Field Communication (NFC) which allows you to make payments with more than 20,000 merchants without handing over your mobile.
And the news was followed by payment processor PayPal initiating a lawsuit against Google, which claims the company store Paypal’s ‘trade secrets’ to develop the service.
Men outspend women on mobile virtual goods:
Women have long been the biggest spenders in shopping, whether offline or even in social games. But a recent study by MocoSpace has shown that in mobile games, men are the biggest consumers.
In fact, men are nine times more likely to buy virtual goods in mobile games, with 69% of males making a purchase compared to 31% of female gamers. And men are also more likely to than make more purchases.
Mobile workers can’t sleep without their smartphone:
A third of mobile workers check their email throughout the night, with almost half admitting they couldn’t get to sleep without their smartphone nearby. That’s despite just under one-third of respondents to iPass admitting that their domestic partners are upset by their use of technology.
The majority of people in the iPass survey were 35-55, which may mean that younger workers are finding better ways to always be available. The complete information is available as a pdf.
New Samsungs on the way:
Samsung’s J.K. Shin has revealed that a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Tab will be available in 2011 in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires, along with a new Samsung Galaxy S II to arrive in the first half of 2012.